A scary day it was indeed when I had the opportunity to catch up with an all-time favourite musician of mine, Joseph Michael Poole, better known as the oddly named (and not to mention freakily dressed) ‘Wednesday 13’ of shock rock / horror band Wednesday 13 as well as past projects such as Murderdolls, and the classic Frankenstein Drag Queens. We chatted about his current self-titled bands most recent tour of Australia, and what his fans all the world over have to look forward to coming up in the near future, such as his very own book (an autobiography) in the works at the moment and a possible reunion of his old band - the Murderdolls on the horizon as their 20 year anniversary draws ever closer...
J: Hey man, how’s it going?
W: Good thanks man, it’s Friday the 13th and I’m feeling great, just had some lunch.
Did you have anything spooky?
I had Gummy bears, which are pretty scary. Bears are cute, but they’ll kill you. *laughs*
Do you have any new tracks that you’ve cooked up recently?
Nothing too new. We’re still pushing our most recent album Condolences, so we’ve been playing a fair bit of that. We always have a fun show, with lots of costume changes and props.
You’ve come a long way and had so many great songs over the years. How do you go squeezing it all in, and do you always play older tracks from past albums?
I think I’ve finally figured it out. I always change my mind ... I’ve got a song from every album in the current set list. We’ve got about an hour and a half, which is about as long as we can play. It’s hard, trying to jam twenty years of music into an hour and a half. Some people may be disappointed, but I want people to know that I put a lot of thought and heart into creating the set list and have always done my absolute best to cater for my fans.
Twenty years and you’re still going strong! So there are no signs of slowing down any time soon?
No, I feel like I’m just getting started! We got signed with Nuclear Blast records earlier this year, it’s great to be back on a legit label. We got new management recently, so things are really good in our camp. We’re trying build up to bigger and better things. Even though I’ve been doing this a long time, I feel like It’s just the beginning, so no signs of slowing down. We’ve already started writing the follow up to Condolences, and we plan to have that recorded by end of this year and out in time for summer festivals! I’m keeping busy, doing heaps of things, I’m even writing a book.
What sort of book are you writing?
I’m working on an autobiography! I’ve just started talking to the guy that’s going to help me with that, because I have no idea how to do that sort of thing. He’s going to help me tell my story, all the way from the tiny hick town I grew up in to what I do now, travelling the world and playing music for over twenty years. I think it’s a really cool story. I’ve committed to it, I’ve got to write a book and tell my story, I don’t know when it’ll be out, but it’s definitely happening. I’ve got a guy who can help me through it, I just have to get a book deal. I think I’ll be able to find someone to publish it.
Have there been any changes to your unique sound and how would you describe it?
I don’t even know. I read what people write about it. Journalists will try to explain it, I used to be known as the horror-punk guy, but now I think it’s more of a horror-rock or horror-metal. Call it what you want, I don’t know. I just do what I do. I write about what I know, I know about the creature from the Black Lagoon and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I listen to all sorts of music, from hair metal, to Satiricon, to James Brown. Our music is a reflection of that. We often get called goth or this and that, but I’m really trying to dress up as the villain from G.I Joe. What we do is unique, so call it what you want, just call it something!
Did you do much while you were over here in Australia?
There wasn’t any time. All the shows were back to back and we did a meet and greet with our fans, which takes a couple hours after sound check. Unfortunately there’s not a lot of time to go out and see things. We’ve done a little bit of tourist stuff before, we went and petted the racoons – wait, I mean koalas and kangaroos. Next time I hope we can get some time off to see some more awesome things like that.
Do you think Murderdolls will ever make a comeback?
I have no clue, Joey Jordison and I spoke a bit by text recently. We’ve been out of touch for a long time. We talked about the possibility of doing something, and we’re both interested, but we don’t know if or when that might happen. My plate is full right now and it’s just getting fuller. I think it would be cool if we could do a big tour, maybe pull together for a twentieth anniversary of the band or something. But yeah, no solid plans as of yet…
It’s been lovely to chat man, you’re an inspiration to a lot of people across the world and I hope you enjoyed your time here in Australia.
Follow Wednesday 13 on social media or check out their website to keep up to date with their spooky musical adventures. Keep an eye on the Murderdolls too, and maybe you could see a comeback anniversary tour in the not too distant future.
Interview by Jon Burgundy
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